IRS sees bump in scam complaints

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The Internal Revenue Service has seen a record number of complaints related to Economic Impact Payment scams in recent months.

In June and July, the volume of complaints regarding the coronavirus relief funds reached levels the federal agency hadn’t seen in more than a decade, according to a press release from the IRS Denver Field Office.

“Criminals are relentless in trying to victimize the public during this pandemic and are after your economic impact payments, which are intended to help those in need,” said Andy Tsui, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent for the state of Montana.

Recent phishing scams related to Economic Impact Payments include text messages that claim a taxpayer must click and link to fill out information or submit a payment to receive a “stimulus payment.” Some taxpayers have received emails claiming the IRS…

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